FORESDA Forest-based Cross-sectoral Value Chains Fostering Innovation and Competitiveness in the Danube Region

Objectives, results, and outputs

Building on the results of the Interreg SEE project ID:WOOD, FORESDA’s main objective is to support the transformation of traditional forest-based industries into sustainable manufacturing areas by an innovative cross-sectoral and transnational approach by:

  • Developing and supporting cross-sectoral collaborative networks and innovation projects as idea generation engines,
  • Implementing cross-sectoral pilot innovation environments as physical and virtual collaboration spaces,
  • Building up necessary supportive capacities in clusters, intermediaries, research organisations and policy makers.

The  main results will be:

  • Increased effectiveness of collaborative research and innovation activities, leading to the emergence of new cross-sectoral value chains primarily in the areas smart and sustainable construction and furniture,  innovative bio-based products and materials, and energy efficiency;
  • Enhanced innovation management capacities in relevant intermediary organisations such as clusters,
  • A durable transnational approach and strategy for the development of the forest-based sector.

The results delivered will be highly replicable and provide valuable inputs for policy makers on the regional, national and European level.


 FORESDA ensures durability and transferability of its main outputs (check them here):

  • STRATEGIC DOCUMENTS (e.g. Action Plans, Strategies) will be developed involving all crucial stakeholders to ensure their relevance and high-level support. Used methodologies and results will be broadly disseminated and serve as good practices. With the end of FORESDA clear recommendations on their further implementation will be handed over to the policy level, regional clusters and intermediaries,
  • PILOT INNOVATION ENVIRONMENTS will be established as physical and virtual collaboration spaces. They will be inter-connected during the project, exchange knowledge and practices, widening their scope. Upon positive assessment by the PPs and available funding they shall continue after FORESDA led by the local clusters,
  • COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS / INNOVATION PROJECTS will act as idea generation engines on the mid/long-term. Especially, the networks are expected to be maintained and extended after FORESDA, opening up new market opportunities (geographically and through new products/services),
  • SUPPORTED SMEs will benefit in the mid/long-term from an improved level of technological knowledge, further development of local manufacturing activities, lower barriers for cross-sectoral collaboration and internationalisation. They will act as role models and strongly contribute to establishing a new innovation culture within the clusters and the Danube region,
  • CAPACITY BUILDING will be crucial for the long-term success supporting joint activities, technology, knowledge and experience transfer, enabling policy makers, clusters, research institutes, and SMEs to integrate the outcomes in their daily activities, further disseminate and exploit them beyond the project.


Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)